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Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,124 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,124
Reviews: 1,079
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of Amorrn
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness date into my Carlsberg pilsner glass.

Appearence: Pours a clear coppery orange with two fingers of off-white head.

Smell: Very light roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Distinct skunkiness.

Taste: Average, if fairly light. Not a bad brew by any means but pretty forgettable. Biscuity malt up front with a slight, crisp hop finish. Mild skunkiness in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. I could see this being a decent beer to get drunk off of because it is not particularly filling.

Overall: Drinkable, but forgettable. Spaten's other offerings are more impressive.

Amorrn, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze amber with light head. Little retention. Nice carbonation.

S: Malt, apple cider, light caramel.

T: Crisp rich malted grain, caramel, apple, light hops bitterness in the finish.

M: Crisp & clean, good carbonation, smooth.

O: Pretty basic, but very good (IMO) Oktoberfest. This one's better the fresher you get it. It starts losing some of the richer flavors the longer it sits on the shelf.

djaeon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a mild brown with a good amount of khaki colored head and lace. Munich malts, fair amount of sweetness and little hop presence. Malts are roasted and have a caramel and unsweetened cocoa flavor. Medium to full bodied and a fairly smooth drinker. A very standard O-fest but lacks the character to make it truly great.

Stinkypuss, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of BigCheese
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Marzen this year.

A: Pours a Clear deep copper, big frothy white head. Leaves nice webbing.

S: Some roasted malts, molasses

T: Toasty biscuity malts, clean refreshing, crisp. Not overly complex or flavorful, but tasty. Some lemongrassyness from noble hops give it clean finish.

M: Nice chewyness, high carbonation, very sessionable.

O: nothing mind blowing, but high quality, like many german brews Ive had.

BigCheese, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of MisterE
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - last of a 12-pack bought at Ward's for $11.99

A: pours a clear medium reddish brown with small, thin head that continues to be fed by rising bubbles

S: clean fresh fruity (grassy?) and slightly yeasty, very inviting

T: solid and balanced märzen flavor, but nothing remarkable

M: low to moderate carbonation - just right for me - smooth and not too crisp

D: this beer goes down easy and is even more pleasant as it gets to the bottom of the glass

There seem to be lots of these 12-pack available four months past October, but the beer is still very good.

MisterE, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew on tap at Charlie's Ale House in Wheaton. Had with blackened tuna.

Appearance- A crsipy clear toasted rye bread amber with small bubbles making their way to the top. A good pour by the bartender, given to me with a two finger head, but does recede after a minute or so. No lacing.

Smell- A very sweet bread, almost a cloying aroma for a German lager. But I do realize this is a Oktoberfest.

Taste- Taste like dipping Wonderbread crust into once boiled sugar water. Sweet toastiness in the middle of the palate.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bready start and finish. A little syrupy in the finish, but great.

Offered an awesome contrast to the blackened tune. Burnt to sweet toastiness.

scruffwhor, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Greenwich CT. It was dark orange colored and clear, same as others of the style. The smell was mostly malty, but not as rich as the Paulaner I had right before this one. The other real drawback of this beer was the thin body, nowhere near as present in the mouth as the Paulaner version. Seems that Spaten is giving a blue collar version of the style in my opinion, not the best marzen.

TurdFurgison, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Reviewing American import.

A: The color is an average orange/brown color. The head disappeared rather quickly, but the lacing is alright.

S: smells rather like a normal lager, not much roast detected. A touch of hops is there, I smell a bit of an import flavor. Actually, I thought to myself, "this stuff smells like it came from a green bottle..." then I double checked, lo and behold it did!

T: like I said, the roasted character is a bit more laid back than some other Oktoberfests (esp. American). But overall, it is very well balanced smooth flavor. There is a nice slight hop bitterness. One sad thing, is the alcohol is obviously present.

M/D: Mouthfeel sucks, like weak carbonated water. However, I think it is a rather drinkable beer for the Autumn season.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bubbly copper/ruby color with a small rimming of off-white head.
Smell has notes of a bitter malt maybe a little skunky, but good.
Taste has great malt profile.
Finish is a bit dirty with a decent after-taste.
Drinks very well, as my friend said, I would love a stein of this to quaff.

ThaBobfather, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a crisp copper hue with a two finger head and a lively amount of carbination.

A balanced fragrant scent of lite malt and hops. It had a slight hint of alcohol strength.

Barely any malt taste, mostly hops bitterness. The body seemed lite on the front end. It then foamed up a bit and provided a more medium body in the finish. It left behind a bitter hops aftertaste.

It seemed a bit different than the other Marzens that I had this year. The lite front end makes this a beer that you really want to get a mouthful of. I wish there was more malt in the taste however. All in all I could drink a few of these in a sitting.

Rennpferd, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass stein.

A: Amber/Red color that is clear. Poured a huge head that left some spotty lacing, nothing too sticky.

S: Got a lot of malt in the nose, maybe a touch of caramel. Not a whole lot of anything else.

T: Roasted malt, floral/earthy hops, touch of caramel and it has a bitterness up front that cools as the beer goes across the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with an almost creamy sensation, which is wierd because of all the carbonation.

D: Very good. Love me some Spaten and the Oktoberfest rarely disappoints. Love this beer and love this brewer, but I have a special place in my heart for German beer.

everetends, May 29, 2008
Photo of mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 3/4 pint bottle.

A: Unfortunately, no glass to pour the brew into, so unable to get a good look at the color. Bird's eye view from a friend's cup seemed to reveal standard amber-copper color, with thin amount of head.

S: Average.

T: Good taste, as rich as American Octoberfests such as Harpoon, but not as forceful.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Easy on the tongue, rolls down smooth.

D: Smooth, crisp, light; doesn't fill one up excessively. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Could enjoy this for an entire long Saturday afternoon tailgate.

mwill7287, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/21/08. On tap at the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot, Disney World. A dark amber with a decent sized white head in the huge 1L mug it was served in. At first, tasted very similar to Optimator, with the dark roasted, bready malt flavor coming through. As it warmed, it got a little fruitier and the sweet malt came out. A good beer, but maybe not one I'd return to anytime soon.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of warnerry
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a finger or so of creamy off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Toasted bready malts, faint floral hops and, thankfully, only a slight presence of green glass light struck funk. Clean simple and pleasant.

T - Similar to smell with very pronounced toasted malt and minimal hop presence. Pretty good but not among my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

M - Medium, clean mouthfeel wit a slighlty dry finish.

O - A decent Oktoberfest. Not sure if moving away from green glass would improve this or not. With the vast selection available in this style I probably won't get this again, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

warnerry, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of rmolledo
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(drinking it in august)

A: Crystal Clear Sunset Amber. Little to no white head.

S: lager yeast. some malt.

T: Malty caramel and toffee flavors with a noticeable alcohol taste. Toffee Flavor Lingers. mild Noble hop flavor

MF: Moderate carbonation with a alcohol burn.

D: A fine beer. Perhaps needs a little age to mellow out the alcohol.

rmolledo, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking this beer, I decided that I don't like Oktoberfest'sm with full knowledge that this is one of the best out there. With that said....

On tap-

A- A glowing orange/amber color- a very small amount of head and lacing- typical oktoberfest beer to the naked eye.

S- Smell was of bread, yeast, and spices.

T- Taste was very well balanced, but to me, the bread tastes on my palate were very overwhelming. Some yeast and very crisp finish on the end. Some spice as well, but not over powering as in some other oktobers.

M- Mouthfeel was carbonation bubbles- smooth and enjoyable.

D- A sesionable oktoberfest. This being approximately my 3rd of the season, I realized that this is a style that I am not a fan of- nothing against this beer, it just does not do it for me.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big white frothy head off of a slightly vigorous pour... Light brown caramel color... Light slow carbonation... Nice lacing... Coats glass exceptionally well for the style...

S - Malt... Seltzer water... Pear... Mild all the way around... Pleasant...

T - Quite tasty... Caramel... Malt... Biscuit... Pear... Burnt sugar... Slight alcohol... Nutty... Some spice notes are present as well, namely clove... Ever so slight bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied, but still surprisingly light... Smooth and silky... Goes down very very easy...

D - Outstanding Oktoberfest... Quite underrated in my modest opinion... Highly enjoyable and sessionable... One of my favorite Marzens for this Octoberfest season...

philbe311, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of buckiflyer
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle, enjoyed with my father celebrating our German heritage. Smell: Foreign hop smell with hints of malt, Appearance: cloudly light brown. Taste: malt and barley, some nut after taste. I enjoyed this octoberfest and one day hope to have it in Germany during Octoberfest.

buckiflyer, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on sale [$5.50/six pack] at a local grocery store. Made me a little nervous, since this could have meant it was sitting around a while.

Poured a nice amber color with a small white head. Good lacing. Decent carbonation can be seen rising.

Smell was light with some hops and malts coming through. A faint "strange" smell that I couldn't place.

Teh taste had a mild hop bitterness running throughout. Some sweetness with a light roasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel was cleansing with a medium body. Overall, the beer was a little too bland for me. Lacked distinctive character. But, a decent beer that you can sit around and drink quite a bit of if you had the right food accompanying it.

atigerlife, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Loki
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle for the 2003 season.

Appearance: Deep amber, almost tawny, but not quite bonzish color with a medium sized wispy white head. A little lighter in color than others this season.

Smell: Very clean and fresh scents of malt and hops. Not a very powerful aroma, a little on the light side. (Also got a hold of a skunked bottle. One bottle out of a case isn't bad, but not good either.)

Taste: Good malt profile that moves into hops and some spice. All in all a little weak on all sides. Not as flavorful as I had expected or hoped. Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but there are better choices, especially give the limited availabilty of the style.

Loki, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I guess this is supposed to be one of the original Oktoberfest style beers and I've wanted to give it a try for awhile, but was a little pricey for a six pack. I finally saw it at the Union Brewhouse In Weymouth and decided to give it a shot and take some notes while I was there.

Poured into a standard pint glass, has a dark amber color to it, certainly on the darker side of amber, but light enough to be away from the brown color. It has excellent clarity to it. At first it has a fizzy white looking head to it, but it ended up with close to average lacing. Not too much stick to the glass, but the lace kind of slide down to the liquid after each time you took a drink. There really wasn't much to the smell, I was a bit disappointed. It had a little bit of a malty/metallic smell, but it was pretty weak. The taste saves it a bit. I found it pretty malty and sweet. Certainly picked up on some caramelized malts. Nothing about the taste was overly strong though, I actually found it quite on the lighter side. The mouthfeel was good, extremely light though. This was one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, I couldn't believe how fast I drank it. I just remember looking at the glass and it was already just about gone. Certainly not a very hearty beer, not something I would like or normally like to drink in the fall, more of a summer beer in my opinion.

AndyAvalanche, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of beer272
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: came in a green bottle :( not good for protecting against light. Though some companies are playing with the hops to eliminate the effect. Perfect lacing, great carbonation. Light golden pale color.

Smell: Nothing strong. Very neutral.

Taste: a nice drinking beer. good mouth feel, hops and malt nicely balanced and smooth.

Mouth feel: See above.

Overall: A nice drinking beer, fantastic lacing. Nice golden and clear tasting.

beer272, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of JTuomi
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle into a mug. Clear golden body, minimal head, very little lacing. Subtle grainy pale malt and floral hops on the nose. Crisp and sweet clean taste of grainy pale malt, a hint of apple in the background, dry finish with a very subtle hop bitterness, slightly bitter floral aftertaste. Medium-light body, high carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer, wouldn't take an effort to down these in liters in an octoberfest tent. Not special enough to buy to be had at home again though.

JTuomi, Sunday at 08:29 PM
Photo of JamisonM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: its a nice brown color with off white head

S: nice brown sugar malts a touch of hops nice malty smell

T: sweet malts that finish clean

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: this years is real good I think I had last years and the year before that they were orange this one is brown or dark amber with more complex flavors

JamisonM, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mpyle
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App - very pale amber color, brilliant clarity, pours a nice white head, tightly bubbled and with some retention.

Smell - A subtle roasty note, but generally a very clean aroma. No hops in keeping with style.

Taste - A roasty malt flavor early, but quickly turns bitter. Malt character somewhat lacking, but finish is appropriately dry and bitter.

MF - medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming, no issues.

D'ability - Think I'd take a pilsner over this one as a bitter finishing lager. Not enough malt character up front to make the aroma or flavor all that interesting. Clean, and easy to down a few, but not exciting.

mpyle, Sep 14, 2008
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